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in america. today, finding work using 140 characters or less, i twitter to land you a new job. the show starts right now. >>> well, and then there was one with. treasury secretary tim geithner, the last man standing in president obama's economic team. and his days may be numbered as well. chief white house economic adviser, larry summers, as you probably heard by now, leaving the administration at the end of the year, headed back to harvard, presumably to teach students how to steal a bunch of money and cover it up and go back to your job. others decided to flee washington before everyone realizes the true mess that exists in this country. let's examine larry's legacy, shall we? too big to fail, more or less permanent. argue create certainty, more bailouts, these come from the feds, wouldn't have to vote on it, wouldn't be so icky as having to go to public and ask for money. definitely keep the cops, the rating agencies specifically working for the bankers who pay them to create the aaa ratings that may or may not be true. how else are you going to sell that to a pension fund? of course
. >> democratic strategist tad divine and vin weber joins us now. vin, you heard sarah palin say, if nobody else wanted to step up, do you think that's the case that nobody else would step up. >> she left herself a very big out. first of all, a lot of candidates, especially if the republicans do well in the midterm elections, there's going to be a vulnerability on the part of president obama. we'll have many running. second of all, those candidates have seen the politics, everything else. they'll be running as conservatives. the criteria she established are not going to be met. having said that, this is the closest to say that she might seriously run. everybody knows when she gets into the race, she's a huge factor. >> no doubt. i want to play another clip from that interview where sarah palin says if she were to run, it would not be about self-gratification. listen. >> if my candidacy wasn't good for my family, if it wasn't good for the common sense conservative agenda that needs to be add mered to, then certainly i wouldn't run. i don't -- i don't need the -- the title. i -- i don't need for a
that tells you all you need to know. that does it for us. see you to know. that does it for us tonight. we will see you again tomorrow night. "the ed show" is up next. good night. >> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table. hitting my hot buttons at this hour. the tea party is taking control of the gop. don't you think? leaders like rush, palin, beck, they're fueling some extremism. and the white house is finally calling them out on it. yay. the naacp is taking action as well, and it's time for all of us to join them, the naacp's hillary shelton and congressman anthony weiner will sound off on all of that in just a moment. president obama just unloaded on the tan man for being the symbol of no. and his fight -- this fight has just begun. he's now got a plan to hammer boehner in his own backyard. i love it. congressman cummings will be here to tee off in that one in the battleground. >>> and a radical right-wing pastor plans burn a koran day on september 11th. general petraeus says it puts our troops in danger. pro
terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
to move forward. >> well, father and son with us now. delaware attorney beau biden. thanks for joining us. general, let's talk about the democratic base and the president now in wisconsin telling rolling stone it's irresponsible to sit out the election. the vice president, your dad has no apologies for talking about the winers in manchester, new hampshi hampshire. what do you think the challenge is for democrats? >> to get out the vote. it's as simple as that. i can speak best to delaware. we have 47% of the state registered democrats. the challenge for me and chris and john is to get out the vote in the state of delaware. you will see that happen. i can speak to what's going on in our little state and others can speak better to what's going nationally. that's what we are doing. chairman is coming tonight in conjunction with my dad to penn state and the president at wisconsin. that's what you are seeing happen right now. democrats rallying to present america a choice. there is a stark choice. >> even in delaware, people are affected by the nbc "wall street journal" poll. 70% of those ques
. for for participating in the conversations for education nation. as the key leader, you are showing us the way. let's talk about the rankings. finland, south korea singapore have 100% ratings of getting the top third students to choose to be teachers. we have something like 21% of the top third graduates going into primary education. how do we change that? >> we have to elevate the profession and make the teach prog fegzprofession. they are getting the hardest working and the best of the best and they are staying there. somewhere along the line, our country lost our way. the teaching profession has been beaten down and sometimes stigmatized. we have to recruit the next generation of talent who wants to come in and has the courage to challenge and give every child a chance to get the great, great education they need and deserve. >> you have a new initiative now today to train 10,000 new math and science teachers. let's talk about that. we are going to see an enormous turn over. in the next decade, we will see half of our teachers retiring. we are talking about 1.8 million teachers turning out of the
towards us, we expect to see the rain by 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon getting heavier as the day wears on. w we expect earl parallel to the outer banks. just about 2:00, 3:00 tomorrow morning and as it continues up the coast to the jersey shoreline and then new england, we expect it might possibly make landfall along to nantucket where it juts out. it doesn't have to make landfall to cause major problems. it is moving forward at 18 miles per hour. that will increase the possibility of storm surge where you get most of the damage through the storm surge, but we look for heavy rains, high winds and, again, hurricane force winds extend out 90 miles from the center of the storm. so you don't have to make landfall to get major impact from this hurricane. we'll continue to monitor it and there will be an update coming up from the national hurricane center within the hour. more details for you. >> thanks very much, al. let's get over to meteorologist bill karins. i can tell you fraught talking to al earlier, those winds have picked up where he is. what are things looking like right now? >> i am
. there you go. >>> welcome to "morning joe." great to have you with us. what a day in norm city yesterday. we actually had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with warren buffett. i thought it was a bit in politic for you to ask him to come on "morning joe." tell people, you get warren buffett. you're at lunch and what do you say to him? >> he would be more than willing to carve out a three or four-minute segment once a week to just do stock tips. buffett's picks. >> what are you looking at? he's a hungry kid. >> you had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with buffett. >> well, he was at the next table. i didn't have lunch with him. >> i had chicken tenders with my daughter. she's three. >> you're better than us, willie. >> that's like every time i'm going around with mika at speeches and she's giving stories. and then we -- i saw yasir arafat and stalin and churchill. >> is that your mika? >> that's all i got. >> your dad ran u.s. foreign policy. my dad ran a little league team in meridian, mississippi. it's fine. willie is snuggaling up to the chicken tenders. >> it's got to be
out and shall enjoy covering very much. joining us for this big primary night is chris matthews, host of "hardball." and lawrence o'donnell. the host of the soon to debut last word with lawrence o'donnell. thanks. i really appreciate it. let me ask you this. you think no question the republican party finds a by to fall in love with her and get behind her? >> they have to. i already saw a letter from the senate republican campaign committee. they've already gotten excited about her. they are going to do what they have to do. i think you pointed out rather correctly, you notice the fact that the defeated republican candidate didn't endorse her tonight. so that bit of fence mending has yet to be done and it may not be done. i would have been shocked if she had gotten 40% tonight. up until late today, in fact, well into the evening, the establishment types from delaware were saying, this isn't going to happen. this is a shattering upset. there is no doubt about it. nobody expected it. they were talking 60% for castle late this afternoon. they assumed they had her well in hand. and look wh
on cell phone use be behind the wheel be on the way? we'll take a look at all that stuff this morning and developing right now, nbc news confirmed that nine u.s. troops are dead after a predawn helicopter crash in afghanistan. jong yang is live in kabul. >> that's right, thomas. the taliban quickly made phone calls to news organizations, including nbc news, here in kabul to claim responsibility. to say that they shot this helicopter down. the military says not so. they say there was no reports of, no reports of any enemy fire before the crash, before the helicopter went down. the taliban often exaggerates its role and claims responsibility for things that actually turn out to be accidents and, actually, most helicopter crashes here in afghanistan have turned out to be accidents. maintenance issues, also the dust that fills the air here just grinding up the helicopters and their rotors. this was in zabul province. a province in southeastern afghanistan. an area where the taliban is in control of a lot of the territory. it's next to kandahar province and a name people are more familiar.
with breaking news this morning. a u.s. woman being held in iran is finally free. andrea mitchell will report live for us from tehran. >>> folks across the country, specifically in seven states and the nation's capital, they're heading to the polls today. of course, it is silly season between the democrats and the republicans. >> oh, i'm melting. >> john boehner opposes funding for government jobs. jobs for teachers, for cops for firefighters. >>> also, meet the high school football player who nearly died after scoring a game-winning touchdown. >>> then, men versus women. who is more likely to wash their hands after using the bathroom? we got some results for you an odd survey that might surprise you. >>> good tuesday morning, i'm richard lui filling in for chris jansing. u.s. citizen sarah shourd just released from a prison in iran. she was being held there for more than a year. iran granting $500,000 bail for shourd because of health reasons. it's not known if the bail is already paid. the family says they could not afford it and the u.s. says it would not pay for it. now, we'll head live t
with the newest winner. christine o'donnell. she staged a disdcisive upset in the u.s. senate race in delaware. state party leaders said this woman couldn't get elected dogcatcher and karl rove dismissed her as nutty. the national republican party is promising campaign money and even the vice president has a warning to democrats. >> i wouldn't sell short these candidates. i think that in my state, this new republican candidate is going to have an awful lot of money. i think you're going to see it pouring in and the third party operations, we'll take it very, very seriously. big mistake not to take it seriously. >> nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is in washington for us. kelly, good morning. this is really fascinating and a new poll out today showing americans, basically, don't know who the tea party is. about the same number have favorable and unfavorable views but an awful lot of people are undecided and you sort of wonder if the real selling point they have is simply change. the same way it was two years ago. people aren't happy and this is a group that offers something d
to get up. you still don't want to do it. can i read it? let me read it this en. tony danza joins us live to talk about the year he spent teaching and why it took him to tiers. i'm richard lui in for chris jansing. those stories in a moment. we begin with breaking news we're following on many fronts. to start t latest on a story that's been developing over the past few hours. former president jimmy carter has just been released from a hospital. taken there after falling ill on a flight on his way to a book signing. the former president, who is 85 years old, had an upset stomach and upon arrival was taken to metro health hospital for observation. he's been allowed to lead and is expected to continue his book tour this week. the eiffel tower evacuated again, police clearing the landmark and the surrounding park after a bomb threat around 9:00 p.m. local time at the moment. this is the second threat in two weeks at the tower. other parts of paris have received call-in threats. all have been false alarms. texes are high in trance, where the security alert is at high levels over fears of a pos
nation." the conferences going on all day here. secretary of education arne duncan will join us this half hour. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. let's get to the rundown. at the top for us, the top love message out of the white house. first vice president biden telling progressives, stop whining. now the president in a new interview out this morning says it is inexcusable and irresponsible for them to sit out the midterms. in "rolling stone" the president says there may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, not making certain legislative compromises but he goes on to say if people want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place. in the meantime, the vice president on with lawrence o'donnell last night explained those whiner comments. >> there's some on the democratic base, not the core of it, that are angry because we didn't get every single thing they want. it's time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better. continue to move forward. >> the president, meanwhil
their neighborhood. what a wonder. it's what made us great. what a country and we can have it again. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight from new york. these stories are hitting "my hot buttons" and on the table at this hour. wannabe house speaker john boehner. the wizard behind the pledge to america says the american people aren't ready for solutions. how about that? i'm ready to give him a few words on my mind coming up in a moment. >>> governor chris christie, he's the biggest threat to our nation's scschools. when he's not yelling at people at town hall meetings and trimming the fat at expense of our teachers, i'm doing my part for nbc's education notion. >>> the false prophet glenn beck is freaking out about dangerous killers coming from the left. his rhetoric is what's dangerous and it needs to stop. >>> this is the story that has me fired up tonight. john boehner has been out in the sun just probably a little bit too long, hasn't he? the tan man is flustered and back pedalling on his pledge to amer
something that is very wrong slightly more right. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow night. good evening. i'm chris matthews in new york. leading off tonight, keeping bad >> the iraqi people now have responsibility for the security of their country. >> what now? what happens when they make a run for power? do we send our troops back in? two years ago, and john mccain was attacked for having pastor two years ago john mccain was attacked for having a pastor who became notorious for his vicious assaults on the catholic church endorse him for president. well, this saturday glenn beck outdid mccain by endorsing john hagee. there he was at the foot of the lincoln memorial, arm in arm with beck's other proud associates taking the cheers from the crowd. john hagee who called the catholic church the great whore of revelation. is this the love and religious unity to which beck appeared to personally give witness, or is it more of the old native attitude that derides any religious or ethnic difference? let's talk about who truly stands in the glenn beck corral. plus, se
. >> thank you, keith. appreciate it. >>> thanks to you for staying with us at home for the next hour. after a day or so of marching out of step and hath each other for it, republicans today got in line. right behind their senate candidate in delaware, christine o'donnell. which means they are plating their political trough with christine o'donnell just as the country is learning lots, lots, lots, lots, lots more about christine o'donnell. >> there's also the issue of murder with vincent foster. >> we'll also tonight have more of my exclusive interview with the vice president of the united states, joseph biden. and there is a political mailer out there that smells like garbage. it has been sent to republican voters. i have a theory it may be art. that's coming up all this hour. >>> we begin with the senate candidate who appears to be following the same trajectory that sarah palin went through in 2008. that trajectory from more or less profound obscuity to instant nationwide stardom. i'm speaking of christine o'donnell from delaware. she's scheduled for her first high-profile right wing event
and savannah. >> they call us whacky. they call us wing nuts. we call us we the people. >> christine o'donnell works her magic with value voters. >>> plus, democrats are waving a nationality party campaign but the white house says it's not happening. >>> and the case against men. the evidence that women are better at just about everything. can this really be true? good morning. it's monday, september 20th, 2010. >> i'm chuck. let's get to the rundown before we go to mars and venus. the president working to break through on the economy. it's an hour-long live televised town hall on our sister network, cnbc, and he talks to 200 people from college students to small business owners and retirees. >> the president then hits the campaign trail later on. he's going to head to philadelphia to support joe sestak in favor of arlen specter who was defeated. we're getting real push back from the white house on a story in the new york times that the democrats are bushing an -- >> well, look, the times did get into something. there is a disagreement inside the democratic circles about nationalizing,
it's time for chuck and savannah. >>> hot stir, flamed fanner. iran's president blames us for 9/11 and the u.s. delegation heads for the exits. it's iranian president feeling the pressure today. >>> prescription for trouble. the government warns some of the most abused pills could be in your home. but says maybe you shouldn't just throw them out. >>> and sex, lies, and baseball. the fate of the los angeles dodgers could be decided today in divorce court. good morning. it's friday, september 24th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i have to say dodgers thing is a thing i am most focused on as a dodger fan. i'm chuck todd. start in new york where iranian president ahmadinejad claimed that parts of the u.s. government somehow orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. watch. >> translator: some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining american economy and it scripts on the middle east in order to save the zionist regime. >> that prompted the american delegation to walk out, and then the british delegation and several from the european union. of course,
>> did mika say be there or be square? >> she did. >> thanks for being with us. if you are in delaware, vote carefully. >> it's "morning joe" right now it's the "daily rundown." >> it this morning as delaware goes so goes republican hopes for taking the senate. we're live on the ground in the most watched race of the day. plus, just what is it the republican position on tax cuts? the "daily rundown" interview with mitch mcconnell. we'll ask him about his dispute with john boehner and after a year in an iranian prison, sharh shourd is released. good morning. it's tuesday, september 14th, 2010. 49 days until the midterm elections. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. we'll start in tehran with the developing story. sarah shourd was released from iranian custody. not quite free filling out paperwork. andrea mitchell broke the story and she has the latest on the ground in tehran. andrea, take it away. >> reporter: well, chuck and savannah, this is obviously emotional. it's an up and down crazy kind of story. sarah shourd has been released. the iranian government announc
the mosque there. and, of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> all right, all right. time-out. folks, you can't believe a word this guy is saying. he's been shooting from the hip for days now. now, right now, nbc news is reporteding that there is no deal with the new york imam to move the cultural center away from where it was proposed here in manhattan. what's infuriating, really infuriating about all of this is that this -- the world basically has been held hostage by this pastor jones, a small-time lunatic zealot. this nut has gotten the president of the united states, the state department, the pentagon, the fbi, general petraeus, hillary clinton and interpol. it doesn't get any higher than that, does it? we have to really put this in perspective. this is an unparalleled example in my opinion in the information age of how a fly on the wall can suck the air out of the room to the point where the president of the united sta
and exceeding in high levels. don't tell me that these issues are going to stop us from succeeding. we can no longer make excuses in america for the appalling failure we're seeing in so many of our school systems across the country. >> is mark zuckerberg going to be hands-on with money he's handing off? >> he said clearly, i'm a business leader, i'm not an education specialist. i want to put the money in, i'm going to hold you accountable for the results we discussed, but he's not going to be in the mix. he's a great man who said my business i hire great leaders to get the job done. i found the city, he thought and the governor, frankly, committed to my values and he believes he can bring it home. he's not from newark. he has no relationship to our city but a lot of things of newark he believed, leadership at the state level, city level, also the local level, signs of success that we've had, innovations go on that are already extraordinary, that he wanted to be involved with. >> you heard the mayor of new york city take on teacher union say we are going to eliminate tenure, base it on meri
. her previous campaign manager has come out and said she just used the campaign money to pay her own rent which is not legal use of campaign money. i think she will try to just brush that story aside as the typical cross fire that any politician gets into, and try to find her way to the middle on some of these policy questions. >> but in 49 days, how much nondamage can she do to herself when as rachel maddow showed these tapes from mtv, there are tapes in which a candidate for senate for the use, which is what she is now, is discussing openly how people shouldn't masturbate? that would seem to be a difficult sell even in delaware. >> she's going to say it's 14 years ago and she is going to try to not get into repeating those specifics that she got into on that tape. and try to say something that sounds, indicate religiously high minded. that is kind of general. and saying no one should press me on these issues. she may take what she took into a punish you've and now try to play it as a personal issue that should not be questioned. >>> >> 30 seconds, it's a speight impression. does sh
that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. >> iraq's weapons of mass destruction are controlled by a murderous tyrant, who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. >> we know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. >> saddam hussein has and is amassing weapons of mass destruction to use against america. that, of course, turned out to be bullpucky as well. leading bush administration war proponent paul wolfowitz conceded later that it was mostly for political convenience that the bush administration decided to go with the whole w.m.d. argument in the early stages of the war. speaking from the white house briefing room on april 10th, 2003, press secretary ari fleischer said this. make to mistake, as i said earlier, we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. that is what this war was about and is about. no, it isn't. and no, it wasn't. ever. once the war was well under way, even the administration was forced to concede, reluctantly, that there weren't weapons of mass destruc
money that you've got. come on. you are making this too easy. that does it for us tonigh we will see you again tomorrow night. for us tonight. >>> there's lots to add to what you've seen on our show. "the ed show" is up next. good night. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table. and hitting my hot buttons at this hour. breaking news, the psychopastor in florida says he's canceled his plan to burn the koran. but the story is far from over. he's claiming he's cut a deal to move the so-called ground zero mosque in new york. folks, you can't believe a word this guy says. my commentary on that, plus rapid fire response all coming up. >>> democrats, i want you to pay attention and listen carefully to how governor ed rendell of pennsylvania has been hammering the republicans. he just said we can't turn our country over to the "froot loops and crazies." i kind of love that kind of talk. he'll bring the straight talk here in the bottom of the hour. >>> and glenn beck and sarah palin are restoring dishonor in my opinion t
stated, there is no doubt that iran has weapons of mass destruction and that he is planning on using them against our friends, are allies, and against us. >> they are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. >> suddam hussein has and used mass destruction weapons against america. that, of course, has turned out to be bull puck key as well. press secretary said this. make no mistake, as i said earlier, we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. that is what this war was about and is about. no it isn't and no it wasn't ever. even the bush administration was forced to concede reluctantly that there were not weapons of mass destruction where upon the president decided to make it into a joke. >> no weapons over there. maybe under here. >> that was just as hilarious at the time as it still is today, with more than 4,400 american lives to bolster the belly laughs. ultimately, none of the things our government, at the time, told us were the reasons we had to start a war in iraq were true. opponents of the war said
, savannah. this was the worst helicopter crash in about four years for u.s. troops. nine troops dead. this happened in zabul province, which is in the south-southeastern section of afghanistan. an area where the taliban controls much of the territory and where coalition forces have been stepping up their attempts to push the taliban out. we are told this crash happened about 4:00 this morning, local time. the military says that there were no reports of enemy fire. that the crash is still under investigation. now, despite the fact that there were no reports of enemy fire, the taliban has called news organizations, including a call here at nbc news in kabul, to claim responsibility for the attack. they say they shot the helicopter down. the taliban often does that, claims responsibility for things that turn out to be accidents. and indeed, most of the helicopter crashes here have turned out to be accidents. maintenance problems, the incredible amount of dust in the air. this is the deadliest year for coalition forces. after today's crash, 525 coalition forces have died this year. 351 o
for our schools at the time of crisis for our country. follow us on twitter. up next, tom brokaw right here. >>> held loaf. i would like to welcome you to our education nation summit. it's our children, our grandchildren. representing nothing less than our future and the 3.1 million teachers in the united states, those who help meld our children into future businessmen, engineers, politicians, teachers, whatever we are begins in the american classroom, but there is a problem just over the horizon. many of our teachers and principals are part of the baby boom generation. in fact, a study conducted by the national commission on teaching and the future found more than one many of our nation's veteran teachers and principals will be retiring over the next decade. a wave of retirlt expected to reach its peak sometime during this school year. so today we're going to talk about solutions to this this problem. joining me here at rockefeller center is secretary of education arne duncan. how he hopes to fill the classrooms with a new generation of educators. over the next hour the secretary will
i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. >>> please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every week night at 8:00 p.m. >>> tackling tax cuts. president obama sets the stage for a showdown with prens over plans to stimulate the economy. >>> devastation in detroit, flames sweep through dozens of homes in michigan. >>> and officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb square. >>> this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during a speech in cleveland today where, according to administration officials, he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. tracy potts joins us with more from washington on how the president plans to boost the economy. >> republican leader john boehner and in a region hit hard by unemployment. the president is expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. individuals earning overed 200,000 and couples over $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation pr
30 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed. >>> great to have you with us, everybody. just weeks before the midterm elections both republicans and democrats are trying to figure out whether the tea party movement will help or hurt them. there's so much discontent over the economy and high unemployment that americans are telling us in poll after poll that the status quo just won't work any more. in the politco george washington battleground poll only 28% said the country was headed in the right direction. 63% said it was on the wrong track. a brand-new poll out today gives us insights as to how they're feeling about the tea party. chief washington correspondent nora nor norah o'donnell joins me now. tell me what it gives us as we're heading into november. >> it reflects what we've seen in our poll, a lot of americans are fed up with the direction of this country. they don't trust washington. they don't trust big institutions. and they want change. and then you see segments of the voting population that not only want change, but they are mad as hell and that
that every election is a choice. if you have to run against the ideal, if it's a referendum, every one of us will get beats. we'd have nobody in office because there's no such thing as the perfect public servant. the choices you make in politics are like the choices you make in life. you make the best available choice. >> that's an interesting insight into the obama's strategy. he talked about how what obama is doing is to try to draw mitch mcconnell and john boehner on to television where they aren't so good and expose them as part of the no team. part of a long interview we did today. part of an upcoming documentary. by the way, that was taped today at the clinton institute on american politics, university college dublin. one of the many institutes being set up by the former president. >>> james clyburn said if republicans win the house, they'll use subpoena power to try to delegitimize president obama. darrell issa said he was being paranoid and goofy. up next, we'll ask iss what what republicans are planning to do with the power that he will have in his hand. you're watching "hardball" f
" for now. thanks for being with us. countdown with keith olbermann starts now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? going out with a whim per, not a burn. the threat of the burning of the koran equates with afghanistan. the president hits several high notes. >> part of my concern is to make sure we don't start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think this is the way to get attention. >> blowing the whistle on the gop's perpetual stall on every remedy, on every reform, on every relief. retiring republican ohio senator george voinovich will back obama's small business proposals. we don't have time for messaging, we don't have time anymore. this country is really hurting. >> what i've got is the republicans holding middle class tax relief hostage because they're insisting we've got to give tax relief to millionaires and billionaires. >> don't ask, don't tell, unconstitutional because of a lawsuit filed by republicans. the form of irony, but still a hoot. our guest, lieutenant dan choy. worse, suspected from school because his eyes were bloodshot, o
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
was the official hand jomp as u.s. forces stepped back into a supporting and training role. >> ending this war is not only in iraq's interest, it's in our own. the united states has paid a huge price to put the future of iraq in the hands of its people. through this remarkable chapter and the history of the united states and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now it's time to turn the page. >> william cohen served as defense secretary under president bill clinton and is now with the cohen group. mr. secretary k-we turn the page? >> well, the page has been turned in the sense that the combat mission is over, combat will continue. it's still a very volatile, dangerous region, and we're going to don't see more assaults launched against the iraqi people, against the 50,000 soldiers who remain there. the real question for me is what's going happen to the remaining 50,000, how will they be down sized in the coming year. what struck me about last night's speech was that the president talked about conditionality on the ground in afghanistan, in other words the reductions that are coming next summ
appreciate you taking a break from counting your rare gold antique coins to join us on tv today. >> gold coins. you know what else? they have chocolate in the middle. >> the great scandal of 2010. thank you, keith. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we begin tonight with the great unveiling. house republicans held their big take your jacket off photo op today to prevent their agenda for this election year. it was a bit of a flop. not in terms of the photo-op. the photo-op looks awesome. the blue shirts, it's amazing. no problem there. but the reception it received, that greeted it upon arrival was blunt and not positive. their big election year pledge was called, drek and pablum and full of glaring contradictions. also, milquetoast. those were things from people on the right. those terms were from the most popular, heavily trafficked red wing blog, red state and for the club for growth. for all the criticism on the right, if you are in the business of trying to figure out what might happen if republicans win the elections this year, the most important thing
us with more. >>> the first sign of hope from iran that at least one of those young american hikers might be freed after a year in a tehran jail. >>> and today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >>> the fbi just met with pastor terry jones, but despite widespread condemnation, worldwide condemnation and condemnation from the white house, the u.s. military, the state department, there is no sign yet that he is backing down from his plan to burn 200 copies of the holy koran. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something is wrong. something is wrong. it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism. there is something very much wrong with our policies. >> nbc's kerry sanders is live outside the dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida. kerry, pastor jones told you this is not a stunt. and now we have the president saying it is. what's the reaction in gainesville as all of this is approaching? >> well, outside of this pasteur here, we're right next to a cow pasteur, outside the community there is a fair amount of anger
with a built in expiration date at the end of this year. he demanded the democrats vote on taxes without using the suspension procedure. suspension would require a 2/3 vote. more on that in a moment. the senate's fail youure to vote, dick durbin on what he sees as simple math. >> i can count and i know you can too. we have 59 democrats and not a single democrat supports our position that we need to do something responsible, but to help middle income families bring us out of the recession. >> 'is that different after the election? >> well, i hope it will be different. occasionally one republican will respect us. what it gets down to is we can count. we don't have 60 votes for the tax position. we want to say after the election, when we still face a deadline by the end of the year, we will take up the tax issues. >> however immediately after the election, the terms of three a pointed senators expyre from west virginia, illinois and delaware. if they are seated immediately as expected, the republican filibuster would be harder to over item. another issue with which democrats may want to come to g
developed economies? well, u.s. students ranked 24th in matt, 17th in science. and number 10 in literacy. 77% of americans give public schools a grade of "c" or lower. 58% believe major changes or a complete overhaul is needed. arne duncan weighed in today on andrea mitchell reports. >> somewhere along the line in the country, we lost our way. the teaching profession has been beaten down. sometimes it's been stigmatized. we have to recruit the next generation of extraordinary talent who wants to come in and has the courage to challenge the status quo and give every child in the country a chance for the great education they deserve. >> one of the dynamics to the statistic es we just gave is one of the biggest problems that many students face in the classroom, and sometimes outside from the schoolyard to restroom stalls. in some schools there's little escapes from threatens of violence and drugs. there's ha national survey out of columbia university that shows more than one in four students, age 12 to 17, attend schools which are both gang and drug dominated. let's bring in blair taylor. how d
, and so the voter is putting the best possible face on their vote here, so why -- they tell us that the bush policies were unpopular. in fact, it is the second most unpopular attitude for a congressional candidate to have. >> so they are being optimistic, a rosy scenario of republicanism. >> correct. it's the same thing that barack obama benefited from in 2008. >> wow. >> people put the most positive -- independents thought he's going to be a moderate. liberals thought he would be the great liberal. they became the hope candidate and many ways this idea of a new republican congress, voters are being hopeful, even if they haven't seen any hard evidence to prove it otherwise. >> you know, chuck, it's like one of those old santa claus masks that used to be in the store windows that always seemed to be looking at you, you know, when you're walking by. that guy is with me. >> give me that toy. >> john heilemann, the same question to you. do you take the same view that when people, voters are saying, oh, they are not going back to their old ways. they have whole new republican approa
. >> the swiss who have been negotiating for her release, but there's no confirmation yet from the u.s. government which, of course, is not represented here. it's frankly a confusing day because there are reports that she was being released. we heard at first, but then there was paperwork to be done. there are reports, richard, that money was paid. >> we have just had a statement from the mother of sarah shourd, she said i hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and i cannot wait to wrap sarah in my arms. she goes on to say i can only imagine how bitter sweet her freedom is for her leaving shane and josh behind. she was hiking with josh fattal and shane bauer near the iraq/iran border. they remain in custody. ali arouzi is there right now. do you know what is in store for josh and shane? >> we got a report from the judiciary that their custody will be extended by two months. that may seem ominous, but that's the first time the authorities put a time frame on their jail time. they never said how long they will keep them for. they never formally charged them. today the chief prosec
channel meteorologist scott williams joins us now live in the studio. good morning to you, scott. another storm? >> absolutely, veronica. this is the eighth named storm of the 2010 season and its name is hermine. it could bring some problems along the texas coast. right now, as we take a look at the slaert perspective you can see the deep convection right now in the southern gulf of mexico. that will bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding as we move into the lone star state. not only for your labor day but as we move through the middle part of the week as well. you can see the rain bands continuing to come in around corpus christi and eventually into houston. not everything you see making it to the ground. as we expand the view across the nation here on this labor day, a few light sprinkles around the great lakes and also into the northern plains. as we move into florida looking for some scattered showers and some thunderstorms for today. so over the next 48 hours, look at the heavy rainfall. that bull's-eye in south texas upwards of 10 inches before all is said and done with this tropical
survived this terrible crash. these are the pictures coming into us. the plane was trav there is no word on what caus this crash. >>> and legalized recreational marijuana could become a reality in california. on election day residents will vote on proposition 19 which will take away criminal penalties for people 21 an older for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. former dea administrator says it will be a big mistake. >> safety in the streets will be jeopardi jeopardized, on the highways, in the workplace, everywhere. proposition 19 is simply a to pathway, not to dice, but to disaster. >> nbc news correspondent pete williams joins us live. that's one side of the argument. what is the other side saying? >> the other side is number one, the war on drugs is a large failure, especially as it has police cracking down on the u.s. use of marijuana, which isn't worth the effort. 400,000 people in california use it legally. many more us it illegally. they also say if california were they could marijuana tax it. and former officials of mexico say california were to do this it would put
inconvenient truth" are live with us. the new mission this time, dealing with the failing american education system. >>> it's wednesday, september 15th, 2010. 48 days to the midterm elections and, whoo, what a day 49 it was yesterday. >> indeed. >> i'm chuck todd. >> it's going to go down in history. i'm savannah guthrie. let's get right to the rundown. a political earthquake in delaware. the candidate out of nowhere, christine o'donnell, knocks off the longtime republican politician everyone thought would win the nomination and the seat. did republicans just kiss their chances of a senate takeover good-bye? nbc's capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell, is live in wilmington, where the story is today. kelly, i don't even know what to say. it sounds like this was a race that republicans were counting on, thinking this seat was locked, and now everything's changed. >> reporter: well, as we've met before on mornings after a big tea party upset, i am seeing personally a pattern. when we're on the ground, talking to candidates, mike castle and his supporters, christine o'donnell, her family,
the koran here in the u.s. >>> and it is described today as a wall of flames. the wind-whipped wildfires blazing in colorado. good morning. it is tuesday, september 7th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. it is 56 days to election day. by the way, hi. >> i know. good to see you. been a listening time. >> let's get to the rundown. labor day of course signals the start of the campaign season and the white house is being greeted with a rash of bad news. after a devastating august where every day brought more bad economic data, the first tuesday in september brings our new poll and the news for president obama and the democrats is worse than the democrats had feared. mark murly is nbc news deputy political director. mark, give us the four big top lines which basically signal that unless democrats change a trajectory here, republican tidal wave is coming in november. >> you are exactly right. tough numbers for the democrats. president obama's approval rating's at 45% which is down 2 points from the last poll in early august. but his approval on the economy and his economic hailing
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
to run against the ideal, if it's a referendum, every one of us will get beats. nobody will get elected. we'd have nobody in office because there's no such thing as the perfect public servant. the choices you make in politics are like the choices you make in life. you look at the facts as best you can and you make the best available choice. >> that's part of a long interview that we did today for an upcoming documentary on the former president. >>> coming up congressman james clyburn said yesterday on "hardball" that if republicans win the house they'll use subpoena power to try to delegitimize president obama. republican congressman darrell issa called us and said that congressman clyburn was being, quote, paranoid. up next i'll ask issa what republicans are actually planning. you're watching "hardball" from dublin only on msnbc. , no. oh. but i did pick up your dry cleaning and had your shoes shined. well, i made you a reservation at the sushi place around the corner. well, in that case, i better get back to these invoices... which i'll do right after making your favorite pancakes. yo
. >>> planes, trains and automobiles. will president obama's $50 billion take us to more prosperous times. >>> more controversial plan to burn korans on 9/11. >>> steven slater made a grand exit off that jetblue airplane. today he faces the judge. >>> plus -- >> the guy i fell in love with was a hard-working alaskan man that didn't want to wear straight-legged jeans and boots and be chased by radar and those kinds of people. >> what until you hear what else crystal palin is saying about her baby daddy levi johnson. >>> i'm chris jansen live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. eight weeks to go until the pivotal midterm elections, more voters are fed up with the mapa tower, the president, the economy. it's unprecedented and could lead to a republican tidal wave in november. republicans have nine-point advantage over democrats among likely voter ersvoters. now the president has unveiled a new plan for new roads and bridges and took shots at republicans in the process. >> they drove our economy into a ditch, and we got in there and put on our boots and we pushed and we shoved and we w
>>> tensions running high in europe right now over fears of a possible tror attack and is the u.s. at risk, too? >>> plus, a super soaker. tropical depression number 16 dwumping on a ton of rain on florida right now and then expected to head right up the east coast. >>> bristol palin's ex meets our own lawrence o'donnell. this one you want to see, believe me. >>> good wednesday morning, i'm chris jansing. live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. well, with the potential republican takeover of congress breathing down his neck, a newly energized and clearly fired up president obama is back on the road and he's got an awful lot at stake. this is the barack obama that fired up an electorate and took the white house. >> the prediction among the pundits is, this is going to be a blood letting for democrats. that's what they're saying in washington. we can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. the stakes are too high for our country and for your future and i'm going to get throughout and fight as hard as i can and i know you are, too
. >> i suspected you would say that. while it's not the wording that you've used in criticizing this pledge, again, they're not getting the traction. i know you love to call sarah palin sister sarah. i'm curious to see if she'll defend the pledge. she did not mention the really party in the new web ad, talking about this tea party movement. to our knowledge we didn't hear a lot of touting of the tea party as the republican members of the house talked about this pledge to america. >> look who has done well. christine o'donnell came out of nowhere and knocked off an established republican. this fellow paladino is beating up cuomo mercifumercifully. he's not out there putting out a program. he's going after them. he's on the offensive. in politics, this democrats have a fortress they have to defend. they have a record. you can attack any direction. you call the time and place. instead of going out there and staying on the defensive, they build their own fortress. now the democrats are attacking them. so you have us, you have jim clyburn and other fellows in a big argument with the
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